Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    OLNA results on track for WA students

    1/11/2015 5:00 AM
     
    • 78% of Year 11 students meet WACE literacy and numeracy standard
    • Students have another year to meet minimum requirements
    • Changes ensure students graduate with real skills 

    More students are meeting minimum literacy and numeracy skills, according to the latest results from Western Australia's Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA).

     

    Education Minister Peter Collier said the assessment would ensure all students who graduated with a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) met minimum literacy and numeracy requirements.

     

    "The OLNA was introduced as part of wider WACE reforms designed to raise the bar in senior secondary education," Mr Collier said.

     

    "The message was coming through loud and clear from employers that some WACE graduates needed to read, write and add up more effectively."

     

    Students only sit the OLNA if they don't reach band 8 in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy in Year 9.  They have six opportunities to pass before the end of Year 12.

     

    In numeracy, 84.3 per cent of Year 11 students and 80.2 per cent of Year 10 students have met the standard.

     

    In reading, 88.1 per cent of Year 11 students and 86.7 per cent of Year 10 students have met the standard.

     

    In writing, 85.6 per cent of Year 11 students and 82.9 per cent of Year 10 students have met the standard.

     

    "Given the standard is what we expect students to be able to demonstrate by the time they complete Year 12, the results are very much where we expect them to be," Mr Collier said.

     

    Fact File

    • To achieve a Western Australian Certificate of Education from 2016, students need to demonstrate a minimum level of literacy and numeracy
    • Schools have now received reports detailing the categories of achievement for their Year 10 and Year 11 students who sat OLNA in September this year
    • For more information, visit http://wace1516.scsa.wa.edu.au

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6300